The Okatoma in Spring

Plum blossoms

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A unique look at the Okatoma River in Spring from the perspective of a local south MS girl on a float trip.

There’s nothing quite like floating the Okatoma
All the while admiring God’s flora and fauna
So few we have of these leisurely moments
To relax in nature’s own sun soaked sauna
We guide our canoe through the Shoot’s swift water
Then paddle the still at a non-hectic pace
This is life at its best with no present bother
Our spirits look on God’s shimmering face
The darkness and depth surrounded by high cliff walls
Are followed by the shallows gently as a brook
The green canopy above serenely stands tall
As we float by a couple dropping a line and hook
The mighty magnolias sprinkled with the grace
Of its bountiful blossoms of scented pure white
Tower above the sweet dogwoods growing at their base
Whose blossoms are sprinkled with the blood of Christ
The blackberry blossoms are white as snow flakes
Still covering the emerging greenery of the earth
The Okatoma in spring quite a showing makes
As we see a glimpse of the wonder of new birth
I breathe in the freshness of scented air
That lingers in the trappings of time
I wonder at the peacefulness hovering there
And know I see love sublime
The sweet calm of the color dappled foliage
Broken only by the faintest echo of voices ahead
I think after six days of working and toiling
This must have been the place God rested His head

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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